FIXMBR Warning - Do I or Don't I?
Posted on 2010-01-07
I have a Toshiba laptop which won't boot all the way into Windows XP. "It goes the "We Are Sorry For the Inconvenience" screen (with several Windows boot-up options- Normal, Safe-Mode, etc.) but will not go beyond that point--just hangs there.
I booted from the XP Install CD and went into 'R' for repair. I did a FIXBOOT--no good, still does not boot. Went back in to try FIXMBR from the command prompt but the warning msg scares me. It says that all partitions could become unreadable if I proceed. So, just what is the value of the utility then?
I have important data on that drive. If I mount it onto my desktop PC via an IDE adapter, I can access the data on it. I'd like to try to repair the laptop so it does a good boot into XP, rather then reinstall everything, but not sure if I want to risk destroying all data on the disk.. Therefore I am not sure whether I should proceed with the FIXMBR command if the downside is that it won't work AND it will destroy all the readable data on there.
Does anybody have any good advice on whether I should proceed with the FIXMBR, or is it too dangerous to proceed?